February 10, 2013 |
Some creatures carry their homes with them . . .
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Thanks! Wasn’t sure everyone else would see what I saw.
….and how brilliant are those mobile homes, a perfect fit, designed for purpose, weatherproofed, ecologically sound! As a child i used to hunt for the alikreukel operculum, loved the concept of it’s ‘door’. Isn’t nature all-inspiring.
Yes, Nature is awesome! It is the perfect little house for this creature.
Thanks! I was going to go for something more conventional, but then remember I had this photo.
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nice! i was expecting a turtle
It was a bit cryptic wasn’t it? Quite a few creatures live in shells.
Great take on the challenge!
Thanks! Initially I had no idea of what to do, then found this photo in my archives.
This is so beautiful!
Thank you for appreciating the little snail. I think it’s quite beautiful too.
Like the idea!
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love it…i photographed a Leopard Slug not so long ago and lots of people went ‘eeeuuuuwww’, but all I could see was how beautiful it was
Thank you! Have you got the Leopard Slug on your blog – I’d like to see it?
Here it is:
What a beautiful picture of an extraordinarily decorated home and owner! No rent, no electrcity or water bills and travelling where the heart desires! Was a totally urban gal when on honeymoon in Fiji on a relative’s beach: told to be careful where I stepped I found the whole beach covered with little sea snails called ‘cussy cussy’s going about their life – oft they did not have their own shell, but used anything with a cavity as a home! Fabulous memory!!
Thank Eha! Yes, it’s really an eco-friendly home, isn’t it? Thank you for sharing your wonderful memory. I also thought of sea snails when I saw this snail (which was on a forest road).
The interesting thing from a design standpoint is that, thanks to its spiral form, the “house” is continuously expandable while the creature lives in it. The exoskeleton of insects is a counter-example.
What a good point – hadn’t thought about that!
And what a beautiful home he has on his back.
So true. It’s only when you get down and look at them close-up that you realise how pretty their shells are.
I love this interpretation of Home! In the spring and fall, I often see snails near the park by my apartment. They tend to come out after a good rain and they range in size from a pea to a baseball! This guy you’ve captured looks quite big. A friend told me that depending on the snail the shells will grow with them – they don’t need to look for a new “home”. They never outgrow it. Wish that were true of humans!
Thanks Jackie! When they first announced this week’s challenge, I had no idea of what to do. This snail wasn’t too big – it’s a macro shot. Never needing a new home: Ha, well snails are true minimalists.😉
Correction: Willie (who actually took the photo) said that it was a big snail. Here’s a photo which includes Rosie’s nose for scale! https://notesfromafrica.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/img_0206-small.jpg
Some creatures carry their homes with them . . . lovely words..
fabulous photo….I love it
Thanks Christine! Willie and I are just amateur photographers, so we are always thrilled when a professional likes our photos.
Beautiful perfect photo!
It’s quite a cute little snail. Again looking at it close-up you see a lot of detail you would otherwise miss.
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